Saturday, January 29, 2011

For Mojo Monday 175

Have made my first card ever! (Well, ok, the last one i made was when i was in high school, i think, and that's been ages ago!)  Am going to submit it to the Mojo Monday blog.  They have weekly sketches.  I think am starting to like sketches; kinda help me focus on just one goal because i usually have lots of ideas i'd like to try but don't just know which one to begin with.

Have also joined the making-greeting-cards group and they're very warm over there, made me feel very welcome.  They have swaps and challenges too! Might be joining the challenges, and then the swaps later on. 

You can find the Mojo Monday sketch here.

Here's my version of the sketch:

Here's a close-up.

Patterned papers: Basic Grey Olivia (from the 6x6 pad)
Brad:  Basic Grey
Trinket pins:  Maya Road
Green tulle: BBP

Let me know what you think.  Constructive criticisms are welcome :)

Thanks for looking!

Scrappin Studio Sunday Sketch for 23-29 Jan

Studio Calico's February kits are out!  Yipee! Am so excited! Would soon be getting coordinating papers and embellies - and that means less time in pairing papers and more time for scrapping - Yipee!

For those of you who are interested in getting the kits (and enlarging your stash, heehee!), you can check their website here.

In the mean time, i've been continuing my practicing with scrapping.  Here's my take on Scrappin Studio's Sunday Sketch for the week.  You can find the sketch here.

This is a photo of my eldest son, taken January 2010, at the OLPS Church grounds.  It's a rare thing then for him to just sit quietly on his own; he's always moving around (even his pre-school teacher asked me to consult a doctor whether he has ADHD).  Am glad to have captured him in this moment - to remind me that there will always be wonderful surprises, even when you least expect it.

TITLE: A Moment of Calm

Here's another view where the bottom gemstones look like they're floating.

Close up of the top half.

 Close up of the bottom half.  It tickles me to see that, in the photo,  the big WP Sparkler and the nearby mini jewels look like they're floating off the paper! :) 

Cardstock (DCMV, BBP)
Patterned papers: MME (Be Loved - Dearest Dots, Affectionate Flowers), 7Gypsies (Lille -Life Is Good), Collage Press Journaling Cards (Fresh)
Rub-ons:  October Afternoon
Webster's Pages Sparklers
Doodlebugs mini jewels
Alphabet stickers - Pink Paislee
Punch: Martha Stewart Doily Lace
Mini scalloped scissors

This layout is a bit more colorful than my first one, since the photo has more colored elements in it.  I found it a bit easier to work with than with limited hues.  I started working from the photo and had taken a bit of a long time choosing which base paper to use, which patterned papers, embellies - so many choices and possibilities!!!  In time, i assume, all these choosing will get easier.  With practice, of course!

Let me know what you think! Am open to suggestions.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Sunday Sketch for Scrappin' Studio

Check out Scrappin' Studio for Studio Calico Kits, now just next door in Malaysia.  Their blog has the Sunday Sketch and the Weekly Challenges.  They offer different scrapbooking materials and monthly kits.

Anyone want to subscribe and share the shipping charges, just let me know :) :) :)

Their Design Team are like celebrities!  Featured in lots of sites and mags.
Anyway,  am participating in their Sunday Sketch Challenge.  My objective is to practice and learn making LOs (although winning some vouchers won't hurt heehee!).  I've got lots of ideas in my head that i don't know which one to try first.  This is my FIRST-EVER layout and am a bit apprehensive and shy about showing it, but hey, no pain, no gain, hahaha!  Am open to feedback and very willing to learn from criticisms (ouch!) and suggestions.  Am a newbie scrapper and there's much, much, much to be learned.

So here goes...


A close up.

And another close up, this time for the journaling.

Materials used:
StazOn Opaque - Baby Blue
Americal Crafts Ribbon
Jenny Bowlin Reverse Brown Stickers
American Crafts Foam Thickers
Tsukineko Dew Drop Brilliance - Pearlescent Sky Blue
Glue Dots
Therm-O-Web Vellum Adhesive Runner
Martha Stewart Edge Punch -  Layered Arches


I know the color combination seems weird; i took the colors from the prints of my sons' shirts.  And the ink strokes on the transparency bubbles seem like they've been done by a kid.  A little confession - am no artist  and color combos puzzle me :)  but ask me to build something, i can definitely give it a go, being an engineer :)

Let me know what you think!  Suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Can't wait for the next sketch!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, January 21, 2011

My First Blog Post...Ever!

Attempting to have time to blog and journal here of some sort.  Would like to post pics of what i do during my "stolen moments" of time scrapping, if am not chasing two uber active boys around the house or if they're calm and quiet, completely mesmerized in front of the TV.

Ok, while they're temporarily occupied, here goes...

My first outputs:
1.  Christmas Ornaments
Made these for the (extremely patient) pre-school teachers of my eldest.

and the back of the ornaments look like these:

...some goodies for his classmates too.

2.  Mini album
Made this for the daughter of our friend.  Just some blank pages for pictures or notes.  What i liked doing was the album cover, made of foam.

3.  Christmas Mini Album
Made for my youngest sister who came home just in time for the Christmas season.

4.  Christmas Display
Made for my family...something homemade :)

5.  Mini Album
A gift for a friend's daughter

     and a mini-mini album for the younger sister

6.  Tag Pocket
Something for myself this time...something to put my messages in for my sons to read when they grow up.  The tags are yet to be made though :)  Used 7 Gypsies paper.  I couldn't bear right now to cut up such beautiful paper (from a 6"x6" pad)...

  The front

Some journaling - message for my boys :)
 Printed it on tracing paper.

 See it? :) Also printed on tracing paper: "Today and forever, to me, you will always be my"

The back of the pocket:  have wrapped the whole sheet around the tag pocket but it's not enough to fully cover the back.  Had no choice but to cut a portion of another sheet to cover it.

...have a couple or so more projects in the making :)  Most of the time i've gazillions of ideas buzzing in my head; the thing is chasing the time to put them into finished goodies...

Till next time!